Pet-Friendly Hotel in Manhattan

Thinking about a trip to New York City to see the wonderful holiday decorations, visit Rockefeller Center, and do some shopping?  PetravelR™ has found a pet-friendly hotel in the heart of Manhattan.  The Skyline Hotel believes leaving your four-legged friend behind would be unthinkable, so bring your pet with you.


Skyline guests are permitted two pets per room, and all pets must be kept on a leash in the hotel or on hotel property when outside the guest’s room.  Guests must sign a pet waiver and leave a $200.00 refundable deposit upon check in.

Guest accommodations include environmentally-friendly oasis bath amenities and down-alternative comforters, as well as mini-refrigerators (for your doggy bags, of course).  The hotel also has a fitness center and a large heated indoor salt water pool on the Penthouse Floor (sorry, no pets allowed in the health club or pool areas).  And the Skyline concierge is available daily to help with your sightseeing – and presumably can recommend some dog-friendly venues.

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Imagine strolling along Fifth Avenue with your dog and enjoying the amazing, elaborate department store window displays – hey, it doesn’t cost anything to look!


Walk Your Dog for a Shelter or Rescue!

Need to walk off your Thanksgiving feast and all those leftovers?  PetravelR™ has found the perfect exercise plan for you . . . and your dog! 

WoofTrax lets you support your local animal shelter or rescue group simply by walking your dog!  Their motto is — okay, we love this — Take your walk for a dog.™

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The WoofTrax Walk for a Dog program is a dog-powered fundraising tool for animal shelters and rescues.  Install the Walk for a Dog app on your iPhone or Android, then simply press the “Start Walking for …” button and the app will keep track of your walk.  When your walk is stopped it is credited to your selected shelter or rescue.  (if you don’t have a smartphone, you can walk with a friend who has the Walk for a Dog app.)

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Don’t have dog?  Then get to the nearest shelter and adopt one!  But seriously, even if you don’t have a dog, you can walk for dogs at a shelter or rescue by choosing the “Walk for Cassie” option after enrolling in the app for the first time. Or you can create your dream dog as a walking companion by going to the setup tab and adding a dog. PetravelR™ also recommends checking with your local animal shelter to see if they need volunteers to walk their shelter dogs.

WoofTrax donations to animal organizations are funded by sponsorship, advertising, and investors.

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Black Friday Pet Adoption Events!

Taking a page from the retail industry, many animal shelters are holding special Black Friday adoption events.


If you’ve been thinking about bringing home a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig for the holidays, head to your local animal shelter today.  Some of the participating shelters are reducing or waiving adoption fees for black-furred animals, and others are discounting their fees on all adoptable pets.

Here are just some of this year’s Black Friday adoption events – if you don’t see one near you on this list, contact your local shelters and rescue groups and ask about their special adoption events and ongoing adoption programs.

Kent Animal Shelter in Calverton, New York: “Black Friday & Cyber Monday Adoption Event” to feature black pets available for adoption with the hopes that these often overlooked pets find a forever home in time for the holidays. Adoption fees will be reduced, a year of shots is included, and all pets are spayed/neutered and microchipped.


Maryland SPCA in Baltimore: Black Friday Adoption Event: Doorbuster savings for priceless pets! Adoption fees waived on Friday, November 28 at the Falls Road adoption center, for any pet with black fur!

Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia:  Adoption Event Friday, November 28, 2014 – Saturday, November 29, featuring 75% off adoption fees for all black furred animals and 60% off for all other adoptable animals.


Broward County Animal Care and the Humane Society of Broward County, Florida:  Adopt a new best friend during the “Name Your Price Pet Adoption Event” on Friday, November 28.  “Door Buster” specials begin at both shelters at 9:30 a.m., during which time fees will be waived on select pets from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Following the “Door Buster” deals, adopters will be able to name their own price for any pet over the age of 5 months at both shelters.

Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Florida:  “Doorbuster” sale with 75 percent off on all pet adoptions on Friday, November 28, from noon until 2 pm.  All adoptables have been vaccinated, health-checked, de-wormed, de-fleaed, microchipped and spayed or neutered prior to adoption. Pets who are at least four months of age also get a rabies vaccine.  The Black Friday adoption event includes not just dogs and cats, but also rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, gerbils and hamsters.


Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville, Kentucky: “Bark-tastic” Black Friday special – adoption fees  waived on Friday, November 28 for black or mostly black dogs (one year and older) and cats (four months and older). Adopters are encouraged to view all adoptable dogs and cats online and to come meet some of these black beauties at KHS’ 9 adoption sites.

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control, Indiana:  Share the Love Subaru Black Friday Annual Adoption Event with $10 adoptions on Friday, November 28th from 11 am to 3 pm. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgery, pet microchip, and first distemper combination vaccine, plus local veterinary clinics donate the first wellness exam.  Come out and show your support and drop in to find your forever friend at Animal Care & Control.

Idaho Humane Society in Boise: Door-Bustin Black Friday Pet Adoption Specials – Reduced adoption fees at the IHS Shelter on Friday, November 28 – 50% off between 8:00 am and noon, then 25% off between 12:01 pm and 6:00 pm closing, PLUS reduced adoptions fees at the IHS PetSmart Adoption Center – 50% off between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and 25% off from 2:00 pm to 8 pm. All companion animals are spayed or neutered; protected with an identification microchip; and they’ve received their initial round of vaccinations.

Seattle Humane Society, Washington:  Black Cat Friday - Skip the malls and adopt a black cat or kitten on Friday, November 28! For one day only adoption fees are waived on every black, black-speckled, black-spotted, and black-striped cat or kitten.


Placer SPCA in Roseville, California:  Enjoy 14 hours of Black Friday adoption fee specials.  Doorbuster deals start at 4:00 am!

The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, Nevada:  Black Friday Blowout - Adopt a furry (or not so furry) friend for your family and receive a lifetime of happiness — for free! Adoption fees waived for ALL animals (ALL ages) both Animal Foundation adoption locations from Friday November 28 through Sunday November 30!

Pima County Animal Care Center, Arizona:  Black Friday free adoption celebration on Friday, November 28 from 10 am to 2 pm. Dogs and cats will be available for adoption and regular November adoption fee of $30 will be waived.

PetravelR™ thinks Black Friday is a great day to a homeless animal a part of your family!


Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at PetravelR™ are thankful for our friends and family – including the furry ones – this holiday.

We hope that you are enjoying your own holiday feast .  .  .

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and sharing it with loved ones .  .  .






and remember to give thanks for all your blessings!

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It’s the Thanksgiving Cause for Paws!

Wondering what you’re going to do after your Thanksgiving feast?  Watch a televised a celebration of rescue dogs and be thankful for all the joy that our companion animals bring to our lives!

Award-winning actresses Hilary Swank and Jane Lynch will host “Fox’s Cause for Paws: An All-Star Dog Spectacular” Thursday November 27, 8:00-10:00 pm ET/PT and 7:00-9:00 pm CT.  

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The program will feature inspiring and funny stories of rescue dogs, honor the best viral videos starring rescue pups, include games featuring dogs and celebrity participants and feature stories honoring people who dedicate their lives to rescuing animals in need.  And it will include awards and celebrity presentations showcasing a variety of canine categories, including Cutest Puppy, Best Celebrity/Dog Lookalike, Funniest Dog, Most Talented Dog, Best Talking Dog and Best Viral Dog Video.  In addition, PEDIGREE® will present the “Shelter Hero of the Year” award, honoring an individual who has dedicated his/her life to making sure shelter dogs receive the love, care and resources they need to find their forever home.

Viewers also will be provided with information regarding adoptable animals in their local areas and have the opportunity to make donations to the Petfinder Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization that supports shelters and rescue groups nationwide.  Celebrities also will introduce the audience to rescue dogs, giving viewers the opportunity to foster or adopt a new best friend.

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Cause for Paws has quite the all-star line up:  Kristin Chenoweth, Whitney Cummings, Max Greenfield, Kathy Griffin, Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, Cesar Millan, Jerry O’Connell, Kelly Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, P!nk, Amber Riley, Rebecca Romijn, Emmy Rossum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Paula Abdul, Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Fergie, Carrie Ann Inaba, Scarlett Johansson, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, LeAnn Rimes and Betty White.  But PetravelR™ knows you’re going to watch to see the four-legged stars!

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Keep Your Pet Safe at Thanksgiving!

As you get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, PetravelR™ wants to share these important pet safety tips -

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The ASPCA offers this advice about sharing Thanksgiving food with your pet:

  • Turkey:  Do not feed your pet raw or undercooked turkey, which could contain salmonella.  If you offer a nibble of turkey, be sure that it is well-cooked and that all bones have been removed.
  • Stuffing or Dressing:  Sage and many other herbs can cause gastrointestinal upset and central nervous system depression to pets if eaten in large quantities, because they contain certain essential oils and resins. Cats are especially sensitive to the effects of certain essential oils.
  • Bread Dough:  When raw bread dough is ingested, an animal’s body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
  • Cake Batter:  Raw cake batter — especially if it includes raw eggs — could contain salmonella bacteria that may lead to food poisoning.
  • Overfeeding:  A few small boneless pieces of cooked turkey, a taste of mashed potato or even a lick of pumpkin pie shouldn’t pose a problem.  But overindulgence in holiday foods can cause your pet stomach upset, diarrhea, or a serious case of pancreatitis. The ASPCA recommends that you keep pets on their regular diets during the holidays, but provide them with some extra treats, like doggie chew bones or a Kong toy stuffed with their regular food with a few added tidbits of turkey,  sweet potato or green beans, and dribbles of gravy.

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has these recommendations for keeping your pets safe and healthy at Thanksgiving:

  • Carefully consider whether to take your pet with you on a trip (air travel can be dangerous).
  • If Fluffy and Fido are staying home while you travel, be sure to choose a pet sitter or boarding kennel wisely.
  • Wherever your pets spend Thanksgiving, dogs and cats should all have collars and tags with ID giving a way to reach you.
  • Keep your pets well during cold weather.
  • The excitement of a party may overwhelm some pets, so provide your cat or dog with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during holiday parties.
  • Avoid the urge to give your pets table scraps, especially bones. Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems, even death.

And check out these tips from Petfinder:

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PetravelR™ wishes you a happy Thanksgiving without any trips to the emergency vet!



MSPCA-Angell on Adopt a Friend!

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell) is featured on PetravelR’s™ Adopt a Friend this week!

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Since 1868, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has been a leader in animal health and welfare. One of the first humane organizations in America, the MSPCA-Angell continues to rescue, shelter, protect, heal, and advocate for animals, giving hands-on care to many thousands of animals each year.

The MSPCA-Angell is a 501(c)(3) that depends on the support and contributions of generous individuals who care about animals.

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Learn more about MSPCA-Angell and their upcoming holiday events on Adopt a Friend. Please support their efforts to save homeless animals!


Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving Dining in Monterey

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If you are going to be near Carmel, California for Thanksgiving, PetravelR™ has found a restaurant where your dog can join you for dinner!

Terry’s Restaurant and Lounge at the historic Cypress Inn in Carmel-by-the-Sea is dog-friendly (they even host a special Yappy Hour).


And if you’d like to stay over at the landmark boutique hotel, it’s nice to know that all rooms at the Cypress Inn are pet-friendly and include special canine amenities.

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Bone appetit from PetravelR™!

More Holiday Pet Food Drives – Please Donate!

Yesterday, we told you about several pet food drives that are shelter animals and/or for pet owners in difficult circumstances who are struggling to provide for their animals.  While you are getting ready for your own Thanksgiving celebration, PetravelR™ asks you to think of companion animals in need.

Here’s a list of some more holiday pet food drives -

November 29 – December 1:  ChowHound Charities will host its 3rd Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive in Roseville, Michigan on Thanksgiving Weekend.  All food will be donated to the Michigan Humane Society for their free pet food bank, part of the “Keeping Families Together” program, to help low-income pet owners keep their pets during difficult economic times.

November 1 – December 15:  3rd Annual Great Minnesota Pet Food Drive is coordinated and hosted by five local doggie daycares from the Twin Cities Dog Daycare Association (TCDDA).  Visit one of the five participating doggie daycares to drop off some food, money, or fresh supplies to benefit these pet rescues: Red Lake Rosie’s Rescue (all), The Pet Project (Pampered Pooch Playground), Last Hope (Camp Bow Wow), Safe Hands (Dog Days), Ruff Start Rescue (Dog Day Getaway), and One of a Kind Pet Rescue (Dog Day Getaway).

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November 15 – December 20:  Hollywood Animal Hospital is joining Broward Meals on Wheels for Companion Animals to collect food for pets of homebound seniors throughout Broward County, Florida and will match all donations to the pet food drive. BMOW delivers pet food once a month to homebound seniors who need assistance taking care of their in-home pets.

Now thru December 23:  Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center at Dublin is holding a Holiday Pet Food Drive. All items collected will go to the Capital Area Humane Society. Help them help pets in need!  Plus, when you drop off your donation, stay for a quick tour of the clinic!

November 28 – December 31:  Seattle Humane Society invites you to participate in its Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive, with Safeway stores across King County, Washington accepting donations.  Continue the spirit of holiday giving this year by donating any kind of pet food to help low income seniors keep their pets.

November 1 – January 1:  Caring For Creatures, a no-kill shelter in Charlottesville, Virginia is holding its 3rd Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive benefiting Ring Dog Rescue and Caring For Creatures. Food will feed the animals in their programs, and also help people in the community feed their pets during tough times so they don’t have to surrender them to shelters.

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Remember – If we haven’t listed a pet food drive near you, contact your local animal shelters to see how you can help – if they aren’t holding a holiday food drive, ask about their wish lists! 

Your Friends at PetravelR™

Please Support Pet Food Drives

While you’re getting ready for your holiday meals, PetravelR™ asks you to think of companion animals in need.  Many animal shelters and other groups are holding special pet food drives for shelter animals and/or for pet owners in difficult circumstances who are struggling to provide for their animals.

Here’s a list of just a few Thanksgiving pet food drives, and we’ll add some more tomorrow -

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November 1 – November 22:  Islip Animal Shelter and Adopt-a-Pet Center, 210 South Denver Ave, Bay Shore, New York is collecting pet food to make sure the animals at the shelter can enjoy their Thanksgiving too.  Hurry, this one ends tomorrow!  

November 17 – November 25:  Daves Soda and Pet City stores in central Massachusetts are sponsoring the Furry Friends Food Drive for Second Chance Animal Shelter in Brookfield, MA, the Dakin Humane Society, Thomas J O’Connor Animal Control & Adoption Center, and Feline & Friends Rescue.

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November 3 – November 26:  Companion Animal Hospital in Groton, Connecticut is holding its Annual Pet Food Drive to help people and pets across the community.  The food will be donated to the Groton Food Bank on December 1 and distributed to people and families in need.

November 1 – November 29:  Tiara Rado Animal Hospital in Grand Junction, Colorado is hosting a Pet Food Drive for the Mesa County Community Food Bank, where pet food is one of the top most requested items. They are accepting pet food, cash donations or checks . . . and will double all donations!  Now that’s something to be thankful for!

November 1 – November 30:  Hopkins County Humane Society in Madisonville, Kentucky is holding its 1st Annual Thanksgiving Pet Food Drive - help them start this new yearly tradition off with a successful drive!

November 1 – November 30:  Marin Humane Society, California is accepting pet food donations to help low-income seniors with pets.

November 1 – December 6:  Holiday Barn Pet Resorts in Richmond, Virginia is helping the community’s homeless companion animals by collecting pet food at their two locations.  The food will be divided between the Richmond SPCA, Henrico Humane Society, Richmond Animal League and Ring Dog Rescue.

If we haven’t listed a pet food drive near you, please contact your local animal shelters to see how you can help – if they aren’t holding a holiday food drive, ask about their wish lists! ! 

Your Friends at PetravelR™